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Couple Donates Flowers as Pandemic Halts Wedding

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March 24, 2020 -- Couples across the country are being forced to change their wedding plans as the coronavirus -- and calls for social distancing -- spread, yet some are finding an unseen benefit to the situation.

One couple in South Carolina teamed up with their florist to donate their wedding flowers after they had to delay their big day.

“We are beyond devastated that our wedding on Saturday 3/21 had to be postponed,” Keali Scheider wrote on Facebook. “There are no words to describe this feeling, especially when we were 4 days away.”

Amid the heartbreak, Scheider shared that her florist -- Angela Mandigo of Gardenias Event Floral in Hilton Head Island -- would donate the flowers they had ordered to others to spread a little joy.

“Our wedding flowers that arrived yesterday will be donated to people in need of happiness and cheer, including elderly patients and other members of our community,” Scheider said.

Scheider and her now-husband, Jeff, were still legally married on March 21 in front of immediate family members and close friends. She tells WebMD that she’s grateful for everyone who has reached out in support.

Large events can contribute to the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. The agency says that the virus is easily spread among close contacts and is urging all events involving more than 10 people to be canceled or postponed -- including weddings, concerts, and sporting events -- through at least the end of March.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 24, 2020

Sources

CDC: “Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready."

CDC: “Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings.”

Facebook: Keali Scheider, March 17, 2020

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